The German has a strong track record around the streets of Monte Carlo, finishing in the top 10 at his last three races at the circuit. Last year he took the chequered flag in fifth place – his best result of the season – after two great overtakes on Jenson Button and Fernando Alonso at the hairpin.
So far, his first season at Sauber has been disappointing. He finished 11th in Australia before registering three consecutive retirements. At last weekend’s Spanish Grand Prix he brought his Ferrari-powered C33 home in a rather anonymous 17th place.
“The Monaco Grand Prix is a very nice event every year,” he said. “I really like the track. For us, the most important aspect will be that our car works well and we can achieve a good performance. My objective is to travel back home with some points in my pocket.
“Looking back, I have good memories from the races in Monte Carlo as I collected some points almost every year. Last year it was an exciting race for me which I finished in fifth position. It is always a special Grand Prix, and I am looking forward to it.”
For his team-mate Esteban Gutierrez, the Monaco Grand Prix is one of his favourite races: “As the track has many slow speed corners, we need to have a stable car. Our focus will be to get things sorted out and to make sure we are on target. What I like the most in Monte Carlo is driving on the narrow track between the guardrails.
“It is very challenging as you don’t have a lot of space, and for a perfect lap you get very close to the barriers. The closer you get, the more you are pushing to the limit, so using every centimetre of the track. It is very exciting and racing on the streets of Monte Carlo is always a different kind of feeling.”
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